Community Legal Aid (CLA) (Central and Western Massachusetts)

Provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. Headquartered in Worcester.
Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Massachusetts
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: CLA

CLA serves residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties in central and western Massachusetts.


Blog Post

Civil legal aid can help veterans struggling with homelessness

Lonnie A. Powers
November 9, 2016
Civil legal aid-free legal assistance or representation for low-income individuals facing non-criminal legal issues-has been an integral part of ensuring our veterans have safe, stable housing.

Letter to Editor

Contrary to editorial, Legal Aid needs additional funds

John Shea
Telegram & Gazette (Worchester, MA)
June 22, 2017
While we appreciate the T&G’s concern about the state budget, we are failing in our country’s pledge of equal justice under the law and additional funding for legal aid is required to close the justice gap.

Letter to Editor

The health, safety and livelihoods of many of our neighbors depend on civil legal aid

Timothy Murphy
Republican (Springfield, MA)
March 22, 2018
Now is not the time for to cut state funding for civil legal aid; it should be increased. The health, safety and livelihoods of many of our neighbors depend on it.

Letter to Editor

Civil legal aid funding is a bargain in its rescued lives

John Shea, Douglas Brown
Telegram & Gazette (Worchester, MA)
April 5, 2018
Simply put, equal justice under law should not be a privilege based on how much money you make. We hope that lawmakers continue to support civil legal aid.

News Story

Nonprofit law firm receives $90,000 grant to assist veterans

Matt Berg
Daily Hampshire Gazette
April 18, 2019
Community Legal Aid will create the first veterans medical-legal partnership, or VMLP, in the state with a $90,000 grant from United Way of Hampshire County.

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